About the role

Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to join our Regional team to work site based in Reading.

Role Purpose:

  • Experienced QS who has a track record in managing all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the
    initial calculations to the final figures;
  • Minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality;
  • They will have experience of managing a small team of less experienced commercial staff as well as mentoring others on their journey to becoming professionally qualified.

What you'll be doing

As a Senior Quantity Surveyor you will:


  • Have a good knowledge of and adheres to the Companys GMCEs, BMS and other governance.

Analytical Thinking & Decision Making:

  • Order information and systematically checks data;
  • Maximise digital opportunities.

Cost Engineering:

  • Prepare Activity Schedules, Resource Schedules & analyses tender documents.


  • Critically appraises, estimates and negotiates the above with 3rd parties.


  • Review complex contract programmes such as Time-Location;
  • Assist with the preparation of delay and disruption programmes.

Project Management:

  • Monitor subcontract activities, measure and respond appropriately;
  • Analyse the commercial progress and report to senior project staff;
  • Manage commercial aspects with Customer and Stakeholders for their area of responsibility.


  • Undertake constructability analyses using construction programmes;
  • Prepare procurement programme and helps develop the strategy.

Commercial Management:

  • Analyse rates & prices, agreement of variations and or compensation events as required;
  • Undertake customer and stakeholder management for their area of responsibility;
  • Prepare, submits and negotiates claims when required;
  • Prepare Internal reports, commercial progress and financial reconciliation.

Development, Recruitment and Retention:

  • Maintain own Personal Development Plan;
  • Manage HR/People aspects for direct and indirect reports (PDRs etc);
  • Actively supports the development of others incl professional mentoring;
  • Produce plans for team to achieve goals / aspirations;
  • Support recruitment of lower grades.

Who we're looking for

Personal Qualities and Experience:

The following qualifications are essential:

  • BSc or MSc in Quantity Surveying or experience equivalent;
  • Membership of RICS, ICES or CIOB (or working towards);

The following qualities/experience are desirable:

  • Communication;
  • Teamwork / Role Model;
  • Leadership;
  • Achievement Focus (Achieving Results);
  • Business and Customer Awareness;
  • Applies organisational aims & objectives;
  • Identifies with the customer needs;
  • Recognises opportunities & threats.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at www.balfourbeatty.com/value_everyone

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

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